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Outdoor Pursuits Ropes Course

  • Ropes Course Reservations for the 2019 season are Sold Out 
  • Reservations for the 2020 season will be accepted starting in February

The UNC Ropes Course provides adventure-based educational opportunities intended to facilitate personal and group growth through a learning experience that incorporates both theory and practice. We are a catalyst for challenging people to go beyond their perceived boundaries, to work with others to solve problems, and to experience success.

The UNC Ropes Course is fun, supportive, and challenging and aims to foster cooperation rather than competition, where success is achieved through the simple act of trying. Non-competitive games, group problem-solving initiatives, and challenge course events (low and high elements) are used to help individuals and groups achieve their objectives. Throughout the program, participants are encouraged to think creatively, and are guided to discover innovative ways to work together.

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Program Options 

Our Ropes Course programs can be custom tailored to meet your group’s needs and desired outcomes. The programs we offer generally consist of two different types, and can be combined to provide a total experience for your group.

  • Group Development Activities

    Group development activities can combine ice-breakers/warm-ups, initiatives and the Low Ropes Course to create a program that help your group learn and grow together. 

    Group development activities range from 1-4 hours and can accommodate 8-100 participants. The best group size is approximately 25 participants.

    Ice-Breakers/Warmups

    Fun activities that help participants get to know each other. Examples include: name games, tag games and relays. Outcomes of these activities are strengthening group familiarity. 

    Initiatives

    Problem/task based activities that requires the group to work together. initiatives can range from physically to mentally challenging and the process of completing the task teaches a lesson. 

  • Low Ropes Course

    The Low Ropes Course consists of ground-based elements that are built versions of the initiatives at the UNC Ropes Course. 

    Group development activities range from 1-4 hours and can accommodate 8-100 participants. The best group size is approximately 25 participants.

  • High Ropes Course

    The High Ropes Course consists of elements and obstacles that are approximately 40 feet off the ground. Each element is designed to challenge the individual while the group maintains a supportive environment. 

    Group development activities range from 1-4 hours and can accommodate 8-65 participants. The best group size is approximately 25 participants.

    Most elements can be modified to aid participants with differing goals. Some potential outcomes of this course include: 

    • confidence
    • trust
    • self-awareness
    • stress management
    • sympathy
    • and fun!
  • Combination High & Low Course

    A combination course involves both the High Ropes Course and Group Development Activities. Combination courses are a great way to get the most out of your challenge course experience. We have several different options regarding combination courses. 

    Group development activities range from 1-4 hours and can accommodate 8-65 participants. The best group size is approximately 25 participants.

Reservations

A group will not be reserved until the following criteria is met:

  • $100 deposit
  • Signed contract
  • Proof of liability insurance

After completion of the event, the $100 deposit will apply to the final bill. If you have questions related to the UNC Ropes Course, please contact Whitney Dyer at whitney.dyer@unco.edu. 

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Cancellation Policy

If your group can't meet the participant minimum of 8, please contact us immediately. If you cancel within 30 days of your reservation your $100 deposit is non-refundable.

Costs

Costs vary depending on program type and length. 

1.5-Hour Group Development Activities

  • On-campus groups: $7/person
  • Non profit or groups under 18 years: $10/person
  • Professional Organizations: $13/person 

4-Hour Low and High Elements

Low and High Ropes Course Elements for 4 hours.

  • On-campus groups: $20/person
  • Non profit or groups under 18 years: $25/person
  • Professional Organizations: $30/person 

6-Hour Low and High Elements

Low and High Ropes Course Elements for 6 hours.

  • On-campus groups: $30/person
  • Non profit or groups under 18 years: $35/person
  • Professional Organizations: $45/person

Policies

All participants are required to adhere to the following Ropes Course Policies. We expect all participants to pay attention, be involved and ask questions while we present safety rules and procedures. 

Safety is our priority, and we reserve the right to cancel programming at any point. 

  • Jewelry is not permitted, this includes but is not limited to: necklaces, earrings, studs, nose rings, watches and rings. 
  • Long hair must be tied up 
  • Wear closed toed athletic footwear that have shoe laces. 
    • Any other type of footwear is not permitted 
  • Clothing should be weather appropriate
  • Excessively short shorts and tank tops clothing are not allowed 
  • Please bring refillable water bottles 
  • No tobacco products, gum, candy permitted 
  • No drug